image Snapshot Sunday – HMAS Otway -Oberon Class Submarine

Today’s photo is an old one that I took in Holbrook NSW when we drove to Canberra in 2007. You may well ask what a submarine is doing in a small inland town.  The town was once known as Germanton but in 1915 the name was changed to Holbrook  in honour of Lt. Norman Douglas Holbrook, a decorated wartime submarine captain and winner of the Victoria Cross.  When HMAS Otway was decommissioned the navy gave the fin of the submarine to the town. The townspeople decided to fundraise to buy the whole submarine. They were not able to raise enough money but managed to raise enough to buy the outside skin of the submarine above the waterline.
High and Dry


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.


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